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The Museumsinsel (or Museum Island) is a assembly of five museums located on the Spree Island. These include the Pergamonmuseum, the Bode-Museum, the Old Museum, the New Museum and the Old Nationalgallery, which were built over a period of 100 years. Apart from valuable tips and information, you can also find the right ticket offer here.
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3 tips for visiting the Museum Island

Berlin WelcomeCard | Photo: Unsplash, Viktor Bystrov - CC BY-SA 2.0
Save with a combo ticketThe Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island is an extension of the classic “Berlin WelcomeCard”. In this combo ticket, the admissions to all five museums of the Museum Island are included, whereas with the classic “Berlin WelcomeCard” these are excluded. The use of public transport is also included with this option, furthermore 199 additional attractions can be visited at lower rates. With the more expensive “Berlin WelcomeCard all inclusive” the visit of these museums is also possible.
James-Simon-Galerie | Photo: Unsplash, Huân Lê - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Put your favorites togetherSince each of the exhibited collections is particularly extensive, it is almost impossible to visit all the museums in one day. In particular, the National Gallery has countless exhibits spread over several floors, making a visit even more time-consuming. The Alte Museum, on the other hand, is one of the smallest museums on the island and takes comparatively little time. Therefore, preferred museums should be selected or the visits should be made over several days.
All museums in one ticketWith the Museumsinsel + Panorama Ticket all exhibitions of the Museum Island can be visited, also the entrance to the Panorama is included. The Panorama is a temporary exhibition building, where a 360° panorama of the ancient metropolis of Pergamon is currently on display. Note that this combo ticket does not include the use of public transport.
At the Spree river | Photo: Unsplash, Maria Krasnova - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The treasures of the Museum Island

The Museum Island is an integration of five museums located on the Spree Island. These include the Pergamonmuseum, the Bode-Museum, the New Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie, which were built over a period of 100 years. The museums were severely damaged during the war and have been continuously undergoing extensive renovation and expansion since Germany's reunification as part of the Museum Island Master Plan. The Museum Island has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
At the foot of James-Simon-Gallerie | Photo: Unsplash, Karli Cumber - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The center point

The visitor center of the Museum Island is the James-Simon-Gallerie, which was opened in 2019 and is part of the Master Plan. The gallery provides access to the Pergamonmuseum and the Neues Museum. In future, four of the five museums will be accessible via the visitor center, providing access to the Bode-Museum and the Altes Museum as well. The gallery also displays temporary art and culture exhibitions.
In front of the Alte Museum | Photo: Unsplash, Shannia Christanty - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The first museum

The Alte Museum was opened in 1830 and was the first museum on the Spree Island. With its establishment, significant collections and art became accessible to the general public for the very first time. This museum houses treasures of classical antiquity, from sculptures to vases, jewelry and coins. The extensive coin collection with over 1300 pieces with gold and silver alloys invites particularly to marvel at. Also, the gold and silver jewelry of the treasure chamber shine in special splendor under the sky-blue ceiling.
Inside the Neue Museum | Photo: Flickr, Jorge Franganillo - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

On world tour

The Neue Museum was built up until 1855 and was particularly badly damaged by the war. After the ten-year renovation and reconstruction, the museum was reopened in 2009. The exhibits come from all over the world and cover thousands of years of prehistory and early history, with the Egyptian Museum being the most significant part. The bust of Nefertiti is displayed here under the north dome.
The domed hall of the Alten Nationalgalerie | Photo: Unsplash, Esther DG - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The most impressive building

Since 1876 the Alte Nationalgalerie has had the most comprehensive collection of works from the period of the French Revolution up to the First World War. Sculptures as well as paintings from the Classicism, Romanticism, Biedermeier, Impressionism and Modernism periods can be admired on several floors. Among the most famous works are the sculpture by Auguste Rodin “The Thinker” and the painting “Monk by the Sea” by Caspar David Friedrich. In addition, there are also works of art by Monet and Renoir.
View on the Bode-Museum | Photo: Unsplash, Fionn Große - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Go on an exploration

The former Kaiser Friedrich Museum was opened in 1904 and is now known as the Bode-Museum. In 2005, the museum was completely renovated and is the flagship of the Museum Island. In this museum there are several collections that are not linked to each other. Here you can find a large collection of sculptures, works from the Middle Ages, which date back to the 19th century, Byzantine art as well as coins and medals.
Exhibition in the Pergamonmuseum | Photo: Unsplash, Girl with red hat - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The most popular museum

In 1930, the Pergamonmuseum was added, the collections are impressively displayed and is now the most visited museum in Berlin. With a height of 17 meters, the most famous exhibit of antiquity of the Museum Island attracts visitors: the Roman gate building “Market Gate of Miletus”. The Pergamonmuseum consists of the Museum of Islamic Art and Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Foreign Asian Museum. Due to the extensive renovation measures as well as extensions, the Pergamonmuseum will remain closed at least until 2025. However, the gate building as well as the Babylonian Ishtar Gate with the Processional Way, the highlights of the Museum of the Ancient Near East and the artifacts of the Museum of Islamic Art will remain open to the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Museum Island barrier-free accessible?

All buildings of the Museum Island are barrier-free accessible. Read more.

Are there any parking facilities?

The musueums of the Museum Island don't provide any parking space, but there are several large paid parking garages in the area. Read more.

Is it allowed to take food inside the museums?

It is not allowed to consume food inside the museum premises. An exception is made for baby feeding. Read more.

Are there any food options on the Museum Island?

Three of the museums have cafés that also serve warm meals. These include the “Cu 29” in the James-Simon-Gallerie, the “Allegretto Cafè in the Neues Museum” and the “Café im Alten Museum”. Around the Museum Island there are dozens of other restaurants and cafés that offer an idyllic view of the museums. Read more.

Is it allowed to carry bags and backpacks during the tour?

The exhibition rooms may be visited only after depositing jackets and bags at the checkroom or in the lockers. Please note that storage facilities are limited and can only store baggage up to hand luggage sized. Read more.

Can dogs be taken into the museums?

No, animals are not allowed inside the building. An exception is made for certified service dogs only. Read more.

Is it allowed to take photos and videos of the museums?

For personal purposes, videos and photos may be taken, photography with flash and tripod is not allowed. Commercial uses must be approved in advance. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The museums on Museum Island are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm and remain closed on Mondays. The Neues Museum and the Pergamonmuseum are open until 8 pm on Thursdays. Last admission is 45 minutes before closing time. On all holidays except 24th of December the museums remain open as they are on Sundays, on New Year's Eve from 10 am to 2 pm and on New Year's Day from 12 pm to 6 pm.


Tickets to the Alte Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and Bode-Museum can be purchased on site at a price of 10 € per person. Tickets to the Neues Museum and Pergamonmuseum cost 12 € on site. The “Museum Island + Panorama Ticket” costs 19 €. On the 1st Sunday of the month, admission to all museums on Museum Island is free.


Am Lustgarten
D-10117 Berlin


Children and young people up to the age of 18 are admitted to the museums free of charge on presentation of an ID. Pupils over the age of 18, trainees, students and volunteers receive a reduced ticket for 5 € on site for the Alte Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Bode-Museum. For the Neues Museum and Pergamonmuseum, the reduced ticket costs 6 € on site. The reduced “Museum Island + Panorama” ticket costs 9.50 €. By showing a disabled person's ID, the ID holder will receive reduced admission. Please note that appropriate identification must be shown.

how to get there

The Museum Island museums can be reached by U-Bahn (U6 to Friedrichstraße), S-Bahn (S1, S2, S25, and S36 to Friedrichstraße, or S3, S5, S7, and S9 to Hackescher Markt), tram (M1 or 12 to Am Kupfergraben or M4, M5, and M6 to Hackescher Markt), and bus (TXL to Staatsoper, 100 and 200 to Lustgarten, or 147 to Friedrichstraße).
Miriam Dewam
Written byMiriam DewamMiriam is keen on traveling and has a passion for photography, which she can enhance through her cross-media studies. She uses her knowledge as well as first hand experience from diverse travels to help other travellers as a content creator at TicketLens.
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